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If you go expecting to find some spine-chilling scares in the latest Bollywood release Raaz 3, well, you’re in for heavy disappointment. Aside from a few scenes that might make you jump, much of the film—portrayed in its pre-release hype as a definite chills-inducer—is largely anticlimactic, even funny at times. No, it’s not that there’s much going on in terms of humour...it’s actually the many slips and misses in the shabby scriptwriting that will have you giggling. Director Vikram
Bhatt, who was responsible for the original Raaz in 2002, has faltered big-time here.
Although the title might lead you to believe differently, Raaz 3’s storyline has nothing to do with the first film. Yes, Bipasha Basu does reprise her role as the lead, but accompanying her this time around are Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta. Basu and Gupta play two rival superstars, Sanaya and Sanjana, respectively. Because Sanjana’s success has begun to overshadow hers in the last few years, the rather obsessive Sanaya has turned to black magic in the hopes of plucking her arch-rival out of the competition. In this, she is helped along by her friend and director Aditya (Hashmi). While the plot certainly sounds intriguing and the film opens promisingly enough, it is unable to sustain interest, particularly when it approaches the second half, where things get very repetitive and therefore tiresome.
The only thing to recommend Raaz 3 is its cinematography, wherein some 3D shots have been done very well, and the fright factor is heightened (where it does exist) by some excellent camerawork. And Basu puts up a surprisingly nuanced performance, much more impressive than her co-stars—Hashmi looks tired throughout, while Gupta is just average.
Raaz 3 serves up neither a convincing supernatural angle, nor any interesting insights into the psyche. So if you’re a thrill-seeker, don’t waste your time here. Bhatt has nothing to offer you.
Posted on: 2012-09-08 08:20